January 2009
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
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Stinkbug, the common name for a family of insects. There are thousands of species, found in most parts of the world. Stinkbugs are so named because they secrete a foul-smelling liquid that is repulsive to most predators. Most stinkbugs are dull in color, usually gray or brown, but some are such colors as black (often with red or orange markings), green, or blue. They generally range from 1/4 to 1/2 an inch (6 to 13 mm) in length. Some species are serious pests of such crops as cotton and cabbage; others are beneficial because they feed on other harmful insects. One of the best-known North American species, the harlequin cabbage stinkbug, is destructive to plants of the mustard family.


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